Cancer on the rise in Malaysia, says Deputy Health Minister

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  • Friday, 01 Nov 2019

IPOH: Cancer cases in Malaysia are increasing each year, affecting one in every nine women and in every 10 men, says Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

“The most common cancer overall is breast cancer, followed by lung in men and colorectal.

“For 2018, there were almost 44,000 new cancer cases and more than 26,000 Malaysians died of cancer.

“By 2030, the number of new cases is projected to be 55,000 per year,” he said, adding that up to 60% of cancer patients detected the illness late.

He said this when opening the Malaysian Oncology Society Annual Scientific Congress here on Friday (Nov 1).

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